On January 23 and January 30, 2010, Long Beach Opera will recruit The Good Soldier Schweik back to active duty in composer Robert Kurka’s anti-war opera based on Czech novelist Jaroslav HaÅ¡ek’s 1923 witty military satire of the same name. The opera follows the misadventures of Schweik as he stumbles through World War I attempting to do the “right” thing while turning the world around him into chaos. Irrepressible, unpredictable, perpetually optimistic, he leaves observers wondering whether he is a fool or a very wise observer of humanity. Kurka’s punchy score is a mixture of American musical, brass band riffs, jazz notes, and Czech folk tunes with overtones of Kurt Weill. Tenor Matthew DiBattista, who will sing the demanding role of Schweik, has been described as “brilliant” by Opera News. He has performed on national and international opera and concert stages with conductors James Conlon, Seiji Ozawa, Keith Lockhart, and Robert Shaw and more. The opera will be conducted by Long Beach Opera Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek. Director/Choreographer Ken Roht states, “A slightly raw, guerilla-circus aesthetic combined with darker Brechtian-storytelling will be our approach to exploiting as many of the opera’s varied tones as possible.”
Tickets are $45-$95 online at www.longbeachopera.org or by calling 562-432-5934.
Dates and Times:
Jan 23, 2010 at 8PM at the Center Theater in Long Beach, California.
Jan. 30, 2010 at 4PM at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica.
Addl info at www.longbeachopera.org